In August, we are raising money for our partners in Peru, the Democratic Republic of Congo, at the U.S./Mexico border, and other partner countries in Africa. Click below to visit our online Global Mission Fundraiser form to see the requests of our partners and to allocate where you would like your donation to go. Give your donations to BSPC via check or pay online by clicking on the link below. Please, consider giving generously.
Broad Street Food Pantry
Coronavirus stimulus benefits have expired and the Broad Street Food Pantry is busier than ever! The Pantry needs volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. Volunteers follow social distancing and occupancy guidelines, delivering boxes of food to shoppers who wait in the East Wing driveway. Come share smiles and help neighbors in need. Click the button below to sign up. Questions . . . call Food Pantry Director Kathy Kelly-Long at 614-221-6552 ext. 2.
Picture yourself in a stadium. When you randomly stand up and wave your hands, it doesn’t create much of a visual impact, but if each of us stands up in a coordinated wave, it is visually powerful and moving.
At their July meeting, the Broad Street Session – the church’s governing body – voted to join in Matthew 25, a growing wave circling our denomination, the Presbyterian Church (USA).
“…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. … just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25: 35-36, 40)
Matthew 25 is a movement in:
1. Building congregational vitality
2. Dismantling structural racism
3. Eradicating systemic poverty
Broad Street’s Social Justice Committee raises our awareness of social injustices and tries to identify individual actions each of us can take to address an injustice. The committee has been reflecting on how to respond to the unprecedented concerns about systemic racial injustices in our country. We have asked God to help us discern what our committee should be doing and what our congregation and leadership should be doing in response.
The bold vision of Matthew 25 challenges us to engage actively in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. The Social Justice Committee challenges each individual, team, committee, and council to engage actively in at least one focus area, listed above. This is an opportunity to join with others at Broad Street and beyond to amplify our impact.
2020 Fundraising Campaign:
Thank You! Thank You!
On behalf of every child, youth, adult, and family in Central Ohio who will have an opportunity to learn and grow, with a roof over their heads and food on their table, we thank you. Thank you to all who gave during the 2020 Neighborhood Ministries campaign.
As we await details from The Columbus Foundation’s Big Give, we already know this year’s campaign was a great success! That success could not have happened without You!
Thank you for supporting our work alleviating and addressing the inequities that persist in our community. And, more importantly, thank you for standing with our community during this most unprecedented moment. Together we will make a difference.
Online Meditation Class
Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Take an hour for yourself to develop calm, mindfulness, and compassion. Broad Street member, experienced meditation teacher, and health educator Betty Brown offers an online meditation class at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday nights via Zoom.
If interested, email Betty at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link.
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What Is God Calling
Us To Do?
Dear Broad Street Community,
As we grapple with the effects of a pandemic and ongoing injustice toward people of color, we have come to another crossroads as a nation. Many of us are wondering: What is our part in this? What is God calling us to do?
Our colleagues at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte have made available a 21-Day Race Equity Challenge, adapted from Eddie Moore’s 21 day challenge. We and the Session, the governing body of the church, invite you to join us. For twenty-one days, we are committing to daily engagement with these different resources. There are video clips, articles, podcasts, and materials for children and families — some can be completed in just a few minutes, others will take longer, but each provides information for us to prayerfully digest as we seek to better understand the concept of race and how it affects us.
We hope you will join us in committing to this challenge. Save or print the planning tool to note what you hear, read, or watch.
During the June Session meeting we articulated a hope: that when we return at last to in-person worship, we might return better than we were before. May it be so!
With gratitude and in hope,
Amy Miracle, Ann Palmerton and Brittany Porch
Broad Street Presbyterian Church
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